Modern Japan: A Social History Since 1868

By J.E. Thomas

J E Thomas examines the ancient roots of jap social buildings and preoccupations and he units those in the huge chronological framework of Japan's political and army improvement. The e-book can therefore function an advent to fashionable Japan in a extra common experience - yet its concentration all through is at the humans themselves. Professor Thomas supplies due realization to the japanese mainstream; yet he additionally discusses these different sections of the group that have generally been underprivileged or marginalised - most glaringly ladies, but additionally minority teams and outcasts - and the japanese perspective to foreigners past her shores.

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The Japan Journals: 1947-2004

By Donald Richie, Leza Lowitz

"Richie will be distinct a residing nationwide treasure."-Library Journal

"Wonderfully evocative and whole of humor... sincere, introspective, and infrequently poignant."-New York Times

"No one has written with extra focus in regards to the strange caliber of exile loved through the gaijin, the foreigner in Japan."-London overview of Books

"To learn [The Donald Richie Reader and The Japan Journals] is like diving for pearls. Dip into any a part of them and you may absolutely locate treasures in regards to the cinema, literature, touring, writing. The passages are evocative, erotic, playful, and infrequently profound."-Japanese Language and Literature

Donald Richie has been gazing and writing approximately Japan from the instant he arrived on New Year's Eve, 1946. Detailing his lifestyles, his fans, and his principles on issues low and high, The Japan Journals is a checklist of either a state and an evolving expatriate sensibility. As Japan modernizes and because the writer a while, the tone grows elegiac, and The Japan Journals-now in paperback after the significantly acclaimed hardcover edition-becomes a bittersweet chronicle of a classy lifestyles good lived and captivatingly told.

Donald Richie, the eminent movie historian, novelist, and essayist, nonetheless lives in Tokyo.

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Japanese Society

By Chie Nakane

This brief paintings offers a configuration of the real components to be present in modern jap social existence, and makes an attempt to shed new mild on eastern society. Nakane offers along with his personal society as a social anthropologist utilizing many of the tools which he was once acquainted with utilising in reading the other society. notwithstanding, its shape isn't really that of a systematic thesis (as should be visible right away from the absence of a bibliography; the writer additionally refrains from quoting any statistical figures or unique information at once got from box surveys).
Nakane has attempted to build a structural snapshot of jap society, synthesizing the most important distinguishing good points to be present in eastern lifestyles. He has drawn proof virtually at random from a couple of kinds of neighborhood to be present in Japan today--industrial companies, executive companies, academic associations, highbrow teams, non secular groups, political events, village groups, person family etc. all through this research of teams in such diversified fields, Nakane has focused my research on person habit and interpersonal kinfolk which supply the bottom of either the crowd association and the structural traits dominating within the improvement of a group.

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Love Japan [UK], Issue 1 (2015)

Love Japan is created by means of enthusiasts, for fanatics. we now have individuals from the united states, Japan and united kingdom, and all of us percentage something in universal; a keenness for jap tradition.

Love Japan is inventive, modern and vibrant, and full of enjoyable and engaging eastern similar subject matters. From commute, nutrients, type, and paintings, to interviews, occasions, and dad tradition, we'll have it coated. we wish to fill the space available in the market for those that wish their jap repair with a facet order of eye sweet.

Put jointly through a small inventive workforce from London within the united kingdom, our journal is a fusion of East meets West.

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The Culture of Japanese Fascism (Asia-Pacific: Culture, Politics, and Society)

This daring selection of essays demonstrates the need of figuring out fascism in cultural phrases instead of purely or maybe basically when it comes to political constructions and occasions. individuals from background, literature, movie, paintings historical past, and anthropology describe a tradition of fascism in Japan within the a long time previous the tip of the Asia-Pacific warfare. In so doing, they problem prior scholarship, which has typically rejected descriptions of pre-1945 Japan as fascist. The members clarify how a fascist ideology used to be subtle all through eastern tradition through literature, pop culture, movie, layout, and daily discourse. Alan Tansman’s advent locations the essays in ancient context and situates them when it comes to earlier scholarly inquiries into the lifestyles of fascism in Japan.

Several members study how fascism used to be understood within the Thirties via, for instance, influential theorists, an antifascist literary team, and best intellectuals responding to capitalist modernization. Others discover the concept that fascism’s method to alienation and exploitation lay in efforts to decorate paintings, the office, and lifestyle. nonetheless others study the conclusion of and bounds to fascist aesthetics in movie, memorial layout, structure, animal imagery, an army museum, and a countrywide exposition. individuals additionally check either manifestations of and resistance to fascist ideology within the paintings of well known authors together with the Nobel-prize-winning novelist and short-story author Kawabata Yasunari and the secret writers Edogawa Ranpo and Hamao Shirō. within the paintings of those ultimate , the tropes of sexual perversity and paranoia open a brand new point of view on fascist tradition. This quantity makes jap fascism on hand as a severe element of comparability for students of fascism all over the world. The concluding essay types such paintings by way of evaluating Spanish and jap fascisms.

Contributors. Noriko Aso, Michael Baskett, Kim Brandt, Nina Cornyetz, Kevin M. Doak, James Dorsey, Aaron Gerow, Harry Harootunian, Marilyn Ivy, Angus Lockyer, Jim Reichert, Jonathan Reynolds, Ellen Schattschneider, Aaron Skabelund, Akiko Takenaka, Alan Tansman, Richard Torrance, Keith Vincent, Alejandro Yarza

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The Japanese Way of Justice: Prosecuting Crime in Japan (Studies on Law and Social Control)

By David T. Johnson

Prosecutors have extra keep watch over over existence, liberty, and recognition than any association in Japan. satirically, this proposition elicits common contract yet few critical efforts to discover its reasons, effects, or importance. The irony makes the procuracy a bit just like the climate: each person discusses it yet nobody does something approximately it.

This is the 1st booklet in English to research how Japan's 2000 prosecutors workout their ambitious powers. It paints an empirical caricature of prosecutors at paintings, the contexts within which they examine, cost, and check out situations, and the content material of the choices thereby rendered. for the reason that prosecutors wield massive discretion at each level of the felony strategy, and because felony complaints represent one of many primary symptoms of the nature of a society, this research bargains a window onto Japan. because this ebook is comparative, mainly with the USA, it additionally gives insights into American legislation and society.

The jap approach of justice is largely decided incidentally prosecutors practice their jobs. If justice potential bearing in mind the wishes and situations of person suspects, then prosecutors in Japan needs to obtain larger marks than their American opposite numbers. If justice implies treating like circumstances alike, then the skill of Japan's procuracy to take action is awesome certainly. If justice may still advertise therapeutic, not only punishment, then eastern prosecutors has to be reckoned extra restorative than prosecutors within the usa. And if justice is dependent upon uncovering and clarifying the reality, then readers will realize how primary this maxim is deemed in Japan. In those methods and extra, the japanese manner of justice is uncommonly simply.

Yet this account uncovers severe defects besides. In processing intercourse offenders, for instance, jap prosecutors frequently and disrespect the sentiments of girl sufferers. of their ardour for holding excessive conviction charges, prosecutors sacrifice the pursuits of sufferers who yearn to be heard in open court docket. of their insulation from political and public scrutiny, prosecutors occasionally appear unaccountable to valid authority and impression. And of their zeal to procure the reality via confessions, a few prosecutors plea discount, physician file, and behavior brutal interrogations, all of that are unlawful in Japan.

Japan is some distance from the us. This publication demonstrates that during many issues of legal justice they're diverse worlds.

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Mechademia 3: Limits of the Human

Dramatic advances in genetics, cloning, robotics, and nanotechnology have given upward thrust to either hopes and fears approximately how know-how may perhaps rework humanity. because the threat of a posthuman destiny turns into more and more most likely, debates approximately the way to interpret or form this destiny abound. In Japan, anime and manga artists have for many years been imagining the contours of posthumanity, developing unbelievable and infrequently demanding artworks that envision a number of human/nonhuman hybrids: biological/mechanical, human/animal, and human/monster. Anime and manga provide a constellation of posthuman prototypes whose hybrid natures require a shift in our notion of what it capability to be human.

Limits of the Human—the 3rd quantity within the Mechademia series—maps the terrain of posthumanity utilizing manga and anime as courses and signposts to appreciate the best way to take into consideration humanity’s new prospects and boundaries. via quite a lot of texts—the folklore-inspired monsters that populate Mizuki Shigeru’s manga; Japan’s Gothic Lolita tradition; Tezuka Osamu’s unique cyborg hero, Atom, and his manga model of Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (along with Ôtomo Katsuhiro’s 2001 anime movie adaptation); the robotic anime, Gundam; and the idea of the uncanny in Ghost within the Shell 2: Innocence, between others—the essays during this quantity reject easy human/nonhuman dichotomies and as an alternative motivate a provocative rethinking of the definitions of humanity alongside solely unforeseen frontiers.

participants: William L. Benzon, Lawrence poultry, Christopher Bolton, Steven T. Brown, Joshua Paul Dale, Michael Dylan Foster, Crispin Freeman, Marc Hairston, Paul Jackson, Thomas LaMarre, Antonia Levi, Margherita lengthy, Laura Miller, Hajime Nakatani, Susan Napier, Natsume Fusanosuke, Sharalyn Orbaugh, Ôtsuka Eiji, Adèle-Elise Prévost and MUSEbasement; Teri Silvio, Takayuki Tatsumi, Mark C. Taylor, Theresa Winge, Cary Wolfe, Wendy Siuyi Wong, and Yomota Inuhiko.

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Spring Snow: The Sea of Fertility, 1

By Yukio Mishima

Yukio Mishima’s Spring Snow is the 1st novel in his masterful tetralogy, The Sea of Fertility. Here we meet Shigekuni Honda, who narrates this epic story of what he believes are the successive reincarnations of his good friend, Kiyoaki Matsugae.
it truly is 1912 in Tokyo, and the airtight global of the traditional aristocracy is being breached for the 1st time by means of outsiders — wealthy provincial households unburdened by means of culture, whose cash and power cause them to bold contenders for social and political energy. Shigekuni Honda, an aspiring legal professional and his youth buddy, Kiyoaki Matsugae, are the sons of 2 such households. As they arrive of age amidst the becoming tensions among previous and new, Kiyoaki is stricken by his simultaneous love for and loathing of the lively younger girl Ayakura Satoko. yet Kiyoaki’s actual emotions in simple terms develop into obvious while her unexpected engagement to a royal prince indicates him the importance of his ardour — and ends up in a love affair either doomed and inevitable.

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